As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mill Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
SGWA is processing email permit requests remotely for the San Gorgonio Wilderness. FAX requests will be processed as possible.
Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.
This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.
Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application
STAY SAFE! RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED. FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES
Stay together – do not leave your group,
Be prepared – Carry Flashlight, Map, Food, Water and Clothing
Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP. Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be. Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.
Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.
Winter conditions – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to. Days are short and nights are very cold. Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.
Another successful summer season for SGWA volunteers. We celebrated with our annual awards program and potluck. The yearbook is a great way to remember all the things that happened, from our friendly faces at Mill Creek Ranger Station to the valiant trail crews. Please take a look at the 2019 SGWA Yearbook, we’re very proud to have such great volunteers working for the forest.
If you’d like to work with us, our annual training is usually a week or two before Memorial Day each May. There will be announcements here and on our Facebook page.
We don’t take the winter off either – so we’ll be seeing you out on the trail or in the office!